Eduserv’s ‘Virtual Worlds, Real Learning?’ Conference


Yesterday I attended the Eduserv Symposium I mentioned previously. Luckily I attended with fellow NMC friends Corwin:


and later CDB:


as one of the advantages of being in Second Life was that we could engage in back channel conversations while the speakers were presenting.

My two favourite sessions were from Professor Gilly Salmon, who spoke about Leicester University’s SEAL project, emphasising the focus on “what’s new?” “what can we learn in SL that we cannot learn offline?”; and Stephen Downes, who was incredibly provocative and raised a lot of questions to pierce through the hype of SL education.


Stephen’s session made me laugh and I think it is very helpful to be critical and to ask questions about the model of pedagogy being used (or replicated exactly) in this new-ish environment. I especially liked the final panel session when people like Gilly interacted with Stephen and this is where the most interesting discussion happened. Unfortunatley this was a bit brief and right at the very end though!

I think there is a long way to go to have a mixed reality event like this – the SL audience were pretty much ignored til the very end. But aside from a few technical issues to begin with, the streaming went very well and it worked. I have seen other models where the speakers come from different audiences (one SL and one in the real venue) and the interaction was much more fluid. But really, I am thankful I can get to attend from the other side of the world at no cost, listening whilst sitting in my lounge room sipping hot chocolate.

4 thoughts on “Eduserv’s ‘Virtual Worlds, Real Learning?’ Conference

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  2. Hi Angela. Nice blog I thought the conference went very well indeed. I got a couple of questions asked (although not answered!). This will be a regular event for me. I am convinced of the need for this kind of conference. Made some great contacts and recruited participants all from the comfort of lying in bed with a wireless laptop. Now that’s how I like to do conferences. I’ve put up some photos on my blog.

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  4. Anya, thanks so much for sharing this, it kills me that I could have attended at least the very beginning of this event last week, and I am kicking myself in my digital ASS for not knowing about it and doing so. Fortunately there are a wealth of blog links to the event that will suffice. Hope to see you in world sometime. Peace! -kj-

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